FIVE NEW DESIGNERS

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As part of our ambition to work with the very best of London’s eco-designers, we are delighted to announce partnerships with five new furniture makers. Each of these designers embodies a unique approach to re-use, a commitment to craftsmanship and a passion for helping others. We are super-hyped to be working with every single one of them.

Their role in the project is to lead the creativity within the organisation, working with clients on bespoke pieces, as well as creating our own range of recycled products. They will also be providing the occasional day of training and teaching to our Apprentices, to help build their skills and ensure the quality of our output is top notch.

A brief introduction to each designer is below, and we’ll shortly be posting short films and a series of photographs about each of them. In the meantime, do also check out our Pinterest board, where you can see some of photographs of their work to date.

Sarah Baulch

The founder of two eco-friendly homeware companies, Sarah Baulch’s innovative re-use of textiles has been recognized by Country Living, Good Homes and Elle Decoration as a leading example of up-cycling.

She is dedicated to empowering others through teaching, and has run up-cycling workshops  at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington Palace and other iconic venues with a strong design heritage.

London Metropolitan University graduate Yinka Ilori hales from North London but his influences are both parochial and global; from herringbone tweeds to Dutch wax.

He shows at exhibitions around London and events around the country, and works to order from his studio in the heart of East London.

Strengths – upcycling, use of colour, African-inspired design.

Yinka Ilori

London Metropolitan University graduate Yinka Ilori hales from North London but his influences are both parochial and global; from herringbone tweeds to Dutch wax.

He shows at exhibitions around London and events around the country, and works to order from his studio in the heart of East London.

Strengths – upcycling, use of colour, African-inspired design.

Nic Parnell

Working with reclaimed wood and sticking closely to the true principles of upcycling, Nic adds value to his raw materials through his fluency in woodworking and affinity with sustainable design.

Well-respected design blogs like Inhabitat, DesignMilk and Scraphacker sing his praises, and his work is regularly featured as part of the DesignersBlock series.

He now runs a successful furniture making company, creating bespoke work for a range of commercial and household clients across London. 

Geoff Walker

Geoff Walker is a furniture maker and carpenter with 20 years experience, and the founder of re-fuze – an interior design, furniture making and installation company that uses old furniture, reclaimed wood and even motorbike parts in its designs.

Some of Londons most unique venues – like Barrio East, Dalston Superstore and Noble Fine Liquor, have been created by Geoff. He has run workshops in sustainable design at a range of events from Green Man Festival to The London Festival of Architecture.

James McBennett

James McBennett maintains interests in entrepreneurship, furniture and digital design. He trained in architecture, working in London, Copenhagen and Rotterdam before co-founding Fabsie.com – whose mission is finding the next generation of ready-to-assemble furniture and sharing it with the world.

A visiting critic at several leading designs schools, as well as teaching 3D printing and digital design to Masters students in Dublin, and is one of the organisers of TEDxLondon.

Strengths – Engineering-led design, batch production, unusual geometry.

Wishing you a restful end to your weekends and the very best for the week that lies ahead,

Alastair

Founder – The Living Furniture Project